New laws require a new 14-day notice form for 2020. New state laws require new language in the 14-day notice for all Washington residential tenancies. In some locations, Seattle for example, local laws require new language in addition to the new state laws. Be sure to use an up-to-date 14-day notice form.
A Washington landlord who wishes to evict a tenant for non-payment of rent must serve a notice to pay rent or vacate. Serving the pay or vacate notice is legally required, even if the landlord just wants the tenant out and is not interested in pursuing money owed.
For residential tenancies, the pay rent or vacate notice must have statutorily mandated language. New laws changed the 14-day notice language in 2020. Be sure to use up-to-date forms.
- Serve in strict compliance with statutory time and manner requirements. See instructions on serving eviction notices.
- For residential tenancies, utilities may be included as rent. Do not include other non-rent items such as late fees or notice fees.
- More time or additional service methods may be required by the lease.
Residential Pay Rent or Vacate Notice Forms-NEW LEGALLY REQUIRED LANGUAGE
For all residential tenancies, the landlord must serve a 14-day notice. The residential 14-day notice must be in the form and with the specific language required by statute, which has been changed in 2020. Failure to serve an up-to-date form could result in dismissal of an eviction case.
Washington residential properties
Seattle (New Seattle specific language required by new 2020 laws.)
Notice to Pay Rent or Vacate (14-Day Notice) – Seattle
For Tacoma residential properties, also serve this form from the City website required by local law:
For Federal Way residential properties: